Monday, January 28, 2013

A Fantastic Opportunity to be Educated, Inspired, and Connected


This special announcement was written by Glen Peterson, the office director of World Relief in Garden Grove, California.


 The Justice Conference Simulcast in Southern California impacting a generation for justice.

The Justice Conference will be simulcast at the Friends Church in Yorba Linda Friday, February 22 starting at 6:00 pm through Saturday, February 23. This annual event promotes dialogue around justice-related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers.

You'll have the opportunity to hear world class speakers that include: Eugene Cho, Brenda Salter McNeil, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstroff, Gary Haugan (International Justice Mission), Sheryl WuDunn (Half the Sky), Dr. John Perkins, Chai Ling, Lynn Hybels, Ken Wytsma, Stephan Bauman, Richard Twiss, Lisa Sharon Harper, Leroy Barger, Noel Castellanos, Claire Diaz Ortiz, and Shane Claiborne.

A group of like-minded friends in Bend, Oregon, who dreamed of impacting a generation for justice founded The Justice Conference in 2010. The event has grown each year with 5,000 people expected this year at the Philadelphia site. The local simulcast of The Justice Conference is brought to Southern California by Friends Church in Yorba Linda, partnering with World Relief Garden Grove, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, and The House at Whittier Area Community Church. Other participants include Solidarity, Fullerton; Mika CDC, Costa Mesa, World Vision, and more.

The Justice Conference has grown to become one of the largest international gatherings on social and biblical justice. The vision of the conference is to reach tens of thousands of people over the next decade through an annual gathering that educates, inspires and connects a generation to a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is motivated by the driving value of the conference, a theology of justice, that an understanding of God should compel love for others and engagement in justice.

At World Relief, we believe that God is calling the broadest most diverse social network on the planet—the Church—to engage in the great causes or our day. This is why the inspirational and educational work of The Justice Conference is so important as we empower [people] to do the ministry God calls us to do in a fast changing world. 

The Justice Conference is a movement of students, teachers, business people, parents, artists, social entrepreneurs, pastors, advocates and academics all of whom are discovering the paradox that true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others. Organizations that minister in Southern California will be on hand to introduce opportunities for involvement as people are inspired by the conference speakers.

On Friday night, February 22 at 9:00 pm, the full-length feature film Not Today will be screened as part of the conference. Not Today tells the story of a privileged, 20-year-old, American tourist confronted by the reality of human trafficking in India.

 

This film exposes the problem of sex trafficking in our time. While presenting no easy answers, there are steps that communities can take to change lives. You can be among the first to see this high impact film that will be in theaters nationwide in April of this year.


Skip Lanfried, Global Freedom Pastor at Friends Church where both the simulcast and the screening will be held, said that "we believe that over the next few years we will continue to make a huge difference by bringing freedom to those in need locally and in India to the Dalit people (the Untouchables)! This freedom will happen as we empower tomorrow's generation with knowledge and resources so they might have hope and envision a new future. The Justice Conference is part of that strategy. Please join us for this life-changing event."

Registration for the simulcast of The Justice Conference is available here: https://thejusticeconference.wufoo.com/forms/simulcast-registration/

For more information contact: Glen Peterson, World Relief Garden Grove, gpeterson@wr.org or Skip Lanfried, slanfried@gmail.com



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